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Attending SXSW? Don't bother trying to bring your drone with you

SXSW attendees are urged to have fun, but don't even think about bringing your drone

By Michael Hatamoto on Mar 13, 2015 10:35 am CDT - 0 mins, 48 secs reading time

People heading to Austin for South by Southwest are urged to have fun, but drone flights have been banned over the festival. The decision was made after event organizers spoke with drone experts, user groups, municipal authorities and aviation safety experts, according to a press release by SXSW.

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The event kicks off today and runs through March 22, with an interactive festival, film and music venues planned for the popular event.

"While SXSW may make exceptions to this policy if the drones are used within certain trade show areas where safety measures, such as tethering to the ground are implemented, the airwaves and/or frequency spectrums generally used in the remote control of drones are too congested during the SXSW event to ensure operation safe from interference," according to the SXSW press release.

SXSW event organizers and the Austin Police Department will keep a lookout over the skies of the event, in case any unauthorized drone flights are taking place.

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NEWS SOURCES:sxsw.com, digiday.com

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